New South Wales – $1.93 at Bet365
Queensland – $1.93
This is a week of firsts for State of Origin rugby league.
Never before has the series ventured to Western Australia, where Perth’s Optus Stadium will play host to game two this weekend.
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Sunday’s clash also marks the first-ever standalone Origin round with no NRL fixtures scheduled.
The most important thing, however, is that Queensland take a 1-0 lead across the Nullabor after their classy win at Suncorp Stadium on June 5.
The Maroons have a few injury issues to deal with, while New South Wales have already confirmed some big changes – not all of them related to fitness.
NSW Origin II team news
Blues boss Brad Fittler has swung the axe, chopping Angus Crichton, Latrell Mitchell, Josh Morris and Cody Walker. The changes don’t stop there, as Nick Cotric, Payne Haas and David Klemmer are all out injured. In come Blake Ferguson, James Maloney, Tariq Sims and Tom Trbojevic, along with Origin debutants Dale Finucane and Daniel Saifiti.
Out: Nick Cotric, Angus Crichton, Payne Haas, David Klemmer, Latrell Mitchell, Josh Morris, Cody Walker
In: Blake Ferguson, Dale Finucane, James Maloney, Daniel Saifiti, Tariq Sims, Tom Trbojevic
Queensland Origin II team news
Jai Arrow has syndesmosis and Joe Ofahengaue is carrying a knock, which sees Dylan Napa promoted to the starting 13 and Tim Glasby named on the bench. Jarrod Wallace is also part of the interchange crew, while Kurt Capewell is on standby if Napa’s sore wrist is still causing him problems come Sunday.
Out: Jai Arrow, Joe Ofahengaue
In: Tim Glasby, Jarrod Wallace
Origin II tryscorer betting tips
First tryscorer $9.50
Anytime tryscorer $2.50
Two or more tries $8
This guy is a beast in State of Origin footy. He proved that in Brisbane earlier this month with two second-half tries in a best-on-ground performance, so why not back the South Sydney star for another big night in Perth?
First tryscorer $17
Anytime tryscorer $3.30
Two or more tries $17
Only recently back from a long-term injury, ‘Tommy Turbo’ is tipped to replace Josh Morris in the NSW centres. His biggest weapon is his speed, so there is value in backing the Manly boy to find the line at some stage.
Blues vs Maroons Origin II predictions
Queensland +1.5 handicap – $1.80 at Bet365
Queensland by 1-12 points – $3 at Sportsbet
Queensland to win/Gagai anytime tryscorer – $3.40 at Sportsbet
Why would Freddy Fittler drop four blokes – three of them starters – when he already has to replace three injured players? It is exactly that kind of knee-jerk selection policy that has cost the Blues in the past, and it will cost them again on Sunday night as Queensland seal their 12th series win in 14 years.
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